Alvin In The Room: Journal

A small hill in Tin Shui Wai

Tin Shui Wai is the northwest town in Hong Kong in which everything is planned, from residential areas, roads, shops, transport to entertainment, resulting in limited options for the local residents. Some end up conforming it while some try to seek other ways to make their life better. For example, they DIY food and products besides relying on expensive chain stores (see also 'A meaningful guide about Tin Shui Wai'); they start a little free library in somewhere apart from official libraries and bookstores.

The government has designated parks and bike lanes there. But if you're not satisfied, same strategy: think outside the box.

The small hill near Tin Heng Estate can be a ‘back garden’ for residents. It doesn't carry any official name, and you can't search there with any keywords in Google Maps. Within 20 minutes walk from Tin Heng you can enjoy the whole view of Tin Shui Wai and Shenzhen, the mainland city next to Hong Kong. It's also a great sunset spot.

No government's planning, no concrete roads, no rules, no street lights and facilities. You can go back to Tin Heng or reach other parts of the town with other paths. You do have choices. There are freedom and fresh air. I can think something different. Looking back to the concrete jungle, I realize I always fall into the fallacy of ‘what you see is all there is’ and I end up in disappointment and loss in the city. I realize why I need to go out sometimes. The outside is a reminder of the big world beyond my imagination with possibilities (especially life choices) more than I think. What I need to do is to try to see clearly what I can't see at this moment, with my eyes and also with my heart.

 

天水圍是一個幾乎所有事情都要規劃的社區:從每一座住宅、道路、店鋪、交通、娛樂,絕不可能有一點彈性。當然人住在那裡,都會嘗試跳出框框尋找出路,例如《天水人志》中居民如何在幾乎只能依賴昂貴消費的社區中自製便宜且健康的日常生活物品或食物、在區內設置「街坊書櫃」等。

政府在區內規劃了公園和單車徑給居民作為休憩的地方,但如果想有更多的選擇,或是不想受限於公園一大堆無聊規則的、自由一點的,一樣:走出框框。

在天恆邨離開,過馬路再經過停車場,沿沙路而上的一座小山。這座小山沒正式的名字,可以叫它「天恆後山」甚至「天水圍後山」。這是天水圍居民的「後花園」,在小山上可以飽覽整個天水圍和附近的村落,還有對面深圳市的景色。後山也是看日落的好地方之一。

後山沒有規劃過的路或設施,天恆上山是最便捷的路,但也可以有其他登山方式。當然也沒有規則指定說什麼不能做,也沒有路燈。在山上回望這密密麻麻的社區,除了能呼吸新鮮空氣,也好像能把無窮的想像力釋放出來。想到自己在石屎森林裡面,常常陷入「你肉眼所看到的,就是一切」的謬誤,因此這是在城市裡面偶爾感到失望和迷失的原因。所以有時候走出去是應該的,外界提醒了這世界比我所想的更多,更多的可能性其實是存在著,只是還未看到而已。

當我用腳和眼看到更多的風景時,意味著我也要用心看其他風景,用心看自己的風景。